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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/23/2009 2:02:30 AM   
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Things are still proceeding according to plan - only lost a handful of cargo ships and a few aux thus far.

This turn I transferred crack pilots from the (R)estricted air commands in Japan and China to the reserve and training commands. Will leave a few skilled pilots and commence training of new cadres.

The KB's air groups are understrength - I will them up with a mix of green and vet pilots.
Especially green fighter pilots are ok, they are expendable and can be allowed to be shot down first. A green bomber pilot doesn't hit anything...so I'd like that only vet's break through to the enemy carriers.

Increased production of the Kate B5N2 in Hiroshima to ca 30.
Also stopped Pete production. Earlier I expanded Zero frame / engine production.
Will leave the rest as is for now.

Plan is to downgrade some of the training units in the Home Islands with obsolete ac to free up modern types for the frontlines.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 17, 41

We're invading Manado and found some PT boats in port.
Incredible that it's possible to hit PT boats from 20k yards....Maybe they were out of fuel? :p

Day Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 22,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Myoko
CA Haguro
DD Kuroshio
DD Hayashio
DD Amatsukaze

Allied Ships
PT TM-10, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT TM-11, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT TM-12, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT TM-13, Shell hits 1, and is sunk
PT TM-14, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
PT TM-15, Shell hits 1, and is sunk

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Kuching was bombarded by fast battleships and then captured. We're soon in posession of the entire northern coast of Borneo. Singapore's air defense has been destroyed so we now have air superiority.

Alor Star was abandoned by the enemy and captured today.
Still a slow haul....

In the Central Pacific Tarawa was captured.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/23/2009 2:26:14 AM   
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The brutal PzB approach to crushing the DEI. I wondered why I woke at 4 this morning in a cold sweat - it is all flooding back to me.
At least there are no nuclear bombardments and precious little torpedo attacks in ports. Still had enough magazine explosions to give me the willies though.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/23/2009 2:50:25 AM   
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quote:

Gawd, every single thing you buy in Norway has to be customized and assembeled

do you have IKEA in norway too? . LOL, in america we are to lazy to even return our shopping carts inside, it drove my Norwegian gf crazy

quote:

Incredible that it's possible to hit PT boats from 20k yards


after reading all of the aars.. i think im 100% convinced that task force speed is a huge factor in whether you can hit the ships or not.. so being in port i guess they wern't moving = easy target. ive seen this alot, it may really be helpful to go full / mission speed if you know someones going to be shooting at you, im also convinced going full speed is going to make it very difficult for subs to hit

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/24/2009 12:50:30 AM   
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Afraid is spent most of my luck against you Wob, magazine explosions are much rarer now
2 thus far in this game, the Arizona and an Allied destroyer.

- Invading the PI, Malaya / Burma and DEI is routine - but mess it up and the 2nd expansion stage will be severly disrupted...

Hm, will keep an eye on the effect on speed related to chance to land shell and torp hits Krupp.
Play balance is in general good, but my gut feeling tells me a further slight tweaking is needed.

- Ikea is a cursed Swedish invention, and yes...we got plenty of those labyrinths in Norway The actually created Ikea with red (Norwegian) color scheme instead of the Swedish yellow knowing that this color definetly wouldn't attract much admiration

AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 18, 41

Drama near Menado today were Andy got a small bone!

The twin invasion group for Menado and Ternate both arrived and started unloading during the morning hours.

Supporting the invasion was a close support group of 3 destroyers at Menado and a heavy support group of 2 heavy cruisers and 2 destroyers set to patrol / react between the 2 bases.

After unloading all cargo in the morning hours the Menado group was attacked by the cruisers Marbelhead and Tromp as well as 6 destroyers. The close support group fought a lengthy but non-decisive delaying action against the superior enemy force. - Unfortunately this was not enough to turn away the determined US-Dutch TF which pushed through to Menado and sank the entire convoy of 4 smaller escorts and 5 transports! (AE still got a tendency to eliminate all ships in such encounters). 2 of the enemy destroyers seems to have suffered serious damage and was observed in a separate TF by our search planes.

The good thing is that our troops will attack and capture both Menado and Ternate as planned tomorrow. The loss of the ships is regretful but nothing more.

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 19,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
DD Fubuki, Shell hits 1
DD Usugumo
DD Hatsuyuki, Shell hits 1

Allied Ships
CL Tromp, Shell hits 1
CL Marblehead
DD Barker
DD Bulmer
DD Paul Jones, Shell hits 1
DD Parrott
DD Stewart
DD Van Ghent, Shell hits 1, on fire

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Day Time Surface Combat, near Manado at 75,99, Range 17,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
APD Fuji, Shell hits 23, heavy fires, heavy damage
TB Hiyodori, Shell hits 5, and is sunk
AMc Toroshima Maru, Shell hits 2, and is sunk
PB Heiei Maru #7, Shell hits 14, and is sunk
xAK Syoka Maru, Shell hits 9, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Rokko Maru, Shell hits 8, Torpedo hits 2, and is sunk
xAK Igasa Maru, Shell hits 32, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Ryoyu Maru #21, Shell hits 17, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAKL Sasago Maru, Shell hits 19, and is sunk

Allied Ships
CL Tromp, Shell hits 1
CL Marblehead
DD Barker
DD Bulmer
DD Paul Jones, Shell hits 2, on fire
DD Parrott
DD Stewart
DD Van Ghent, heavy fires

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Other news:

We captured Beaufort in northern Borneo today and Manus in the Admirality islands was invaded.
Some Banshee dive bombers from Rabaul attacked the transports near Manus and sank a supply ship.

- Plan is to unload smaller detachments of troops and engineers and start building airfields asap.




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/24/2009 1:08:50 AM   
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A look at the situation in Central China

Trying to open / secure supply and communication between our bases.
The light color displays paths that are currently open even though some of these are contested.
The red lines indicate paths that is the target for the next few months.

When these goals have been achieved it would be logical to try to capture the Chinese bases between Hong Kong and Shanghai.

- Don't want to make China into a major theater, but some adjustments are necessary.




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/24/2009 1:38:33 AM   
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How do you plan to allot your limited amount of Air HQs??
Is the 2nd Air HQ in Manchuria high on your list to be bought out (PPs)??
If so, where does it go??

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/24/2009 8:51:10 AM   
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Hi Pzb nice to see you again!


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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/24/2009 10:06:21 AM   
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2nd Air HQ is currently a very sea sick lot on a fast Maru on their way to celebrate Xmas somewhere in the Carolines!

Hi Pauk, thought the numero uno JFB had gone on extended WitP leave!
How's the family doing?

Would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Maybe I'll crawl back to the puter for a sneak turn tomorrow night when I've had enough food and drink!-)

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/24/2009 12:48:03 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: pauk


Hi Pzb nice to see you again!



:o It's pauk!

Any chance you'll be getting AE and giving me a run for my money in a PBEM?

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/24/2009 6:33:30 PM   
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Hiya guys!

Well Pzb i went on extended WITP leave... just visited this forum today after few months and i saw PzB is on killing spree again . Well i guess i will visit AAR section more often now :).

No String, ive lost my interest for the playing WiTP/AE. Dont want to start another AAR and find out its gone :)




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/26/2009 1:24:03 AM   
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Hope I will be able to entertain you Kresimir
- You don't feel an urge to return to the service of the Empire?

Lots of things going on;

No enemy air units encountered in Malaya and Luzon and we have established a strong base at Kuching.

Today Alor Star, Manus and Atimonan were captured.
Menado with 3 forts repulsed our attacks. Will try again tomorrow.
In China Andy has given up on Ichang and we continue our treck to secure our supply lines.

In Luzon we don't have enough troops for an all out assault, need the troops from Hong Kong.
Will do what we can here while we await the fall of Singapore.

In Malaya we're slowly trodding south...since we have complete air and sea superiority an amphibious TF has been dispatched. First I was thinking Kuantan, but that dump is only a dead end.
So now I'm thinking about being ambitious; Mersing!

Since our spearheads are pursuing weak enemy forces on the way down the peninsula we have strong forces just waiting to use the rail line, so why not use part of these in an attempt to speed things up. If we get bogged down nothing will be lost and we can bomb the enemy troops from the air and sea.

- 2 fresh divisions are currently unloading at Bangkok and will join the Imp Division at Kota Bahru soon.

What do you think about all this?


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 18, 41

Andy is keenly looking for opportunities to strike back!
A small supply convoy at Manus was harassed today and 2 small AKL's and an escort was sunk

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Night Time Surface Combat, near Manus at 101,119, Range 7,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
PB Kyo Maru #7, Shell hits 3, and is sunk
PB Nichi Maru #1
xAKL Kaijo Maru #2, Shell hits 4, heavy fires
xAKL Tateyama Maru, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage

Allied Ships
DD Alden
DD Edsall
DD John D. Edwards, Shell hits 1
DD Whipple

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- An enemy AO was hit by a dud torpedo at Noumea!..to bad.
Our subs could do better, but here is one success.


Submarine attack near Benkoelen at 43,91

Japanese Ships
SS I-153

Allied Ships
xAK Tanda, Shell hits 7, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Tanda is sighted by SS I-153
SS I-153 attacking on the surface
SS I-153 low on gun ammo, Kawasaki D. breaks off surface engagement and submerges

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Payback from yesterday's convoy debacle:

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Gorontalo at 73,97

Weather in hex: Light rain

Raid spotted at 11 NM, estimated altitude 8,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 4 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N1 Kate x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Van Ghent, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires, heavy damage
DD Stewart, Bomb hits 1

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 7000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Van Ghent

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Bulls eye!




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/26/2009 7:39:12 AM   
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Have you seen the Aussies vs Amis AAR re low allied combat plane losses resulting in a much nastier Burma campaign in April to May since the allied player gets to train up his pilots and then put them in decent planes ? The comment that Japan should engage aggresively and create a pilot meat grinder early seems compelling ?

What are your thoughts /plans ? Any tricks to stop him doing a Sir RObin with allied air units ?

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/26/2009 3:11:41 PM   
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Haven't read the AAR bklooste, but it sounds plausible.
I've decided to concentrate on suppressing Luzon and Singapore first and then concentrate on pacifying Allied air power over Rangoon.

My approch is to fill out air units with a mix of experienced pilots and a steady trickle of rookies.
The latter will usually suffer the casualties while the ones that survive will replace the experienced cadre.

We canno't afford to be dragged into a prolonged battle of attrition though, need to use our superior planes and pilots in the truly decisive theaters.


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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/27/2009 6:07:59 AM   
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Victory disease is so boring. Skip to the end, you know, when you're outnumbered and outmatched, but never outwit, the fun part


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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/27/2009 4:48:16 PM   
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It's time consuming and hard work to complete the initial phases of the war!
A few mistakes to many and the next phases will be so much more difficult...

Have you started any AE games yourself Fish?


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 20, 41

Sea

Our subs continue to score!
Especially liked this one, a large troop ship!

Sub attack near Pago Pago at 151,154

Japanese Ships
SS I-10

Allied Ships
AP W.A. Holbrook, Torpedo hits 3, on fire, heavy damage
DMS Southard

SS I-10 launches 6 torpedoes at AP W.A. Holbrook
I-10 diving deep ....

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Why not sink one of the DMS escorts as well?

ASW attack near Pukapuka at 154,152

Japanese Ships
SS I-10

Allied Ships
DMS Southard, Torpedo hits 1, heavy damage

SS I-10 launches 6 torpedoes at DMS Southard
Sub escapes detection

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This lare cargo ship was also sent to the bottom!

Submarine attack near Kangean at 60,103

Japanese Ships
SS I-123

Allied Ships
xAK Governor Wright, Torpedo hits 2, on fire, heavy damage

xAK Governor Wright is sighted by SS I-123
SS I-123 launches 4 torpedoes at xAK Governor Wright

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Air

The Van Ghent finally goes down...the Dutch has lost a lot of ships supporting the yanks, not so sure they'll be thrilled about this!-)

Morning Air attack on TF, near Gorontalo at 71,96

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 26 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
B5N1 Kate x 8

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N1 Kate: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
DD Van Ghent, Bomb hits 2, and is sunk

Aircraft Attacking:
8 x B5N1 Kate bombing from 7000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 250 kg SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring DD Van Ghent

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North of the Johore Strait our intel reports 26000 + enemy troops and bombers were sent out in waves. They met very heavy AA and we lost several medium bombers. Not sure were Andy is heading, one way it's better for us to wear these troops down outside of Singapore proper.

Morning Air attack on 12th Indian Brigade, at 50,82

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 13 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 3 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-IIa Sally x 26

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-IIa Sally: 13 damaged

Allied ground losses:
61 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
26 x Ki-21-IIa Sally bombing from 7000 feet
Ground Attack: 4 x 250 kg GP Bomb

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Land

Our attack at San Fernando met 3 levels of forts and a strong enemy force.
We reduced forts one level - need to continue to hammer them from the air and bring in reinforcements.

Ground combat at San Fernando (80,74)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11698 troops, 120 guns, 302 vehicles, Assault Value = 490
Defending force 13303 troops, 250 guns, 338 vehicles, Assault Value = 611

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 1
Japanese adjusted assault: 169
Allied adjusted defense: 289

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 2 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), forts(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker: fatigue(-)

Japanese ground losses:
846 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 23 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 53 disabled
Engineers: 2 destroyed, 2 disabled
Guns lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)
Vehicles lost 36 (4 destroyed, 32 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
783 casualties reported
Squads: 6 destroyed, 51 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 92 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 9 disabled
Vehicles lost 51 (6 destroyed, 45 disabled)

Assaulting units:
48th Recon Regiment
47th Infantry Regiment
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
48th Engineer Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
48th Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
31st PA Infantry Division
192nd Tank Battalion
4th Marine Regiment
11th PA Infantry Division
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
194th Tank Battalion
14th PS Engineer Regiment
88th PS Field Artillery Regiment

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We also failed to dislodge the garrison at Manado and have to send reinforcements from Ternate that was secured today.

We captured Ocean Island near Tarawa today and chased away another peasent Army east of Shanghai.

I looked up the W.A. Holbrook
- To me it looks like she never was in active Navy service?

WILLARD A. HOLBROOK, although designated AP-44, was never taken over by the Navy. She began her Army service in June 1941 as USAT PRESIDENT TAFT. In September 1941 she was renamed and hastily converted to carry more troops. Her Navy manning was officially cancelled on 30 Mar 42. She was selected in February 1945 to become a hospital ship and began conversion at Alabama Drydock Co, but was incomplete at the war's end and returned to service in January 1946 as a troopship.




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/27/2009 6:24:11 PM   
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Looking through aircraft / ship losses thus far:

Air losses:

Japan
Total:322
A2A: 132
Flak: 106
Ground: 1
Ops: 83

Allies
Total: 447
A2A:293
Flak: 12
Ground: 85
Ops: 57


Ship losses

Japan
Total: 32 ships

AK: 11
AKL: 7
1 AMc
1 AMC
1 TB
2 APD
3 DMS
1 CM
1 SS (+4 midgets)
4 PB

Allies
Total: 120 ships

AG: 3
AM: 2
AMc: 6
AM: 5
AO: 3
AS: 1
AVD:1
AV: 1
AVP: 1
BB: 8
BC: 1
CL: 5
CMc: 1
CM: 3
DD: 15
DM: 1
DMS: 3
HDML: 1
ML: 2
MTB: 1
PC: 1
PG: 3
PT: 9
SS: 4
TK: 6
AK: 13
AKL:16
AP: 2

Victory Points from WitP Tracker




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/27/2009 10:03:33 PM   
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AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 21, 41

Today we struggled ashore at Tarakan and landed reinforcements at Menando.
I'm having problems with getting supplies to my bases; The neighbouring base has ample supplies but the next door base connected with road and rail has been idling red without supplies for many days. Does anyone know why this is so?

Sea

Continued successes!

Submarine attack near Soerabaja at 57,103

Japanese Ships
SS I-123

Allied Ships
xAKL Taurus, Torpedo hits 1, on fire, heavy damage

xAKL Taurus is sighted by SS I-123
SS I-123 launches 4 torpedoes at xAKL Taurus

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Submarine attack near Noumea at 115,160

Japanese Ships
SS RO-63

Allied Ships
TK Gulfpride, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires

TK Gulfpride is sighted by SS RO-63
SS RO-63 launches 4 torpedoes at TK Gulfpride

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Submarine attack near Enderbury Island at 159,149

Japanese Ships
SS I-10

Allied Ships
xAK Meigs, Torpedo hits 1

xAK Meigs is sighted by SS I-10
SS I-10 launches 6 torpedoes at xAK Meigs

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Air

Continued to bomb enemy troop formations in Luzon and north of Singapore.

Forgot to assign an LRCAP to the convoy heading for Mersing and paid the price as a dozen antiquated torpedo bombers attacked and scored hits on a CA and 3 cargo ships. The CA is ok and stays with the convoy, but one AK was sunk and another scuttled.

Will correct the mistake.

Morning Air attack on TF, near Kuantan at 52,79

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid spotted at 48 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 31 minutes

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 12

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 6 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Noto Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires
CA Takao, Torpedo hits 1
xAK Mogamigawa Maru
xAK Kogyo Maru, Torpedo hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Japanese ground losses:
124 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Engineers: 1 destroyed, 7 disabled
Vehicles lost 1 (0 destroyed, 1 disabled)

Aircraft Attacking:
12 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Kuantan at 52,79

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 9,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 23 minutes

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 5

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
AK Sado Maru, Torpedo hits 1
xAK Koryu Maru, Torpedo hits 1, heavy fires

Japanese ground losses:
57 casualties reported
Squads: 1 destroyed, 3 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

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Todays Special

And here's a little Xmas goodie for all you Jap Cruiser fanboys!

Just before the Strike on Pearl Harbour Nagumo dispatched a deadly messenger into the deep vasts of the Central Pacific. - The heavy cruiser Chikuma on her maiden voyage as a surface commerce raider!

On the 21st of December Chikuma made contact with an enemy convoy....
In the next post I will display the outcome!

Ship data:

The Chikuma was the second vessel in the two-vessel Tone-class of heavy cruisers in the Imperial Japanese Navy. It is named after the Chikuma River, in Nagano prefecture of Japan.

Chikuma was designed for long-range scouting missions and had a large seaplane capacity. She was extensively employed during the World War II in conjunction with an aircraft carrier task force, or as part of a cruiser squadron with her sister ship, Tone.

Class and type: Tone class cruiser
Displacement: 11,213 tons (standard); 15,443 (final)
Length: 189.1 meters
Beam: 19.4 meters
Draught: 6.2 meters
Propulsion: 4-shaft Gihon oil geared turbines
8 boilers
152,000 shp
Speed: 35 knots
Range: 8,000 NM @ 18 knots
Complement: 874
Armament:

* 8 × 203 mm (8-inch) guns (4x2)
* 8 × 127 mm (5-inch) guns
* 6 x 25 mm (1-inch) AA guns
* 12 × 610 mm (24-inch) torpedo tubes

Armor: 100 mm (belt)
35 mm (deck)
Aircraft carried: 6 x floatplanes




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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/27/2009 10:23:39 PM   
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ORIGINAL: PzB

I'm having problems with getting supplies to my bases; The neighbouring base has ample supplies but the next door base connected with road and rail has been idling red without supplies for many days. Does anyone know why this is so?



Have a look at the 'supplies required' entry on the base screen. Notice that, unlike WITP, there are buttons beside it. Play with them to get a feel for things. If you have the supplies required on one base set way up then a nearby base might get shortchanged. Without knowing more details that is a best guess.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/27/2009 10:47:34 PM   
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The daylight encounter was prolonged and the valiant escorts charged the Chikuma as she hammered the convoy!

Two KV's were sunk at the same time as an AVP, a troop ship and a tanker were clubbered!
Then the armed merchant cruiser Prince Robert arrived and a prolonged duel with the Chikuma started.

When ammo for the forward 4x8" guns were expended together with all torpedoes the Chikuma's captain decided to break of the engagement. The Prince Robert was also left sinking.

In all 2 KV's, 1 AMC, 1 TK and 1 AP were sunk.
- Not a great result, but we definetly got potential here!
The goal is to force Andy to protect his convoys and spend more fuel and ships doing so.

Day Time Surface Combat, near San Francisco at 206,91, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma

Allied Ships
AVD Williamson
AVP Pelican, Shell hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage
AP Wharton
AP Harris
AP U.S. Grant
AP William Ward Burrows
xAP President Fillmore
xAP President Taylor
xAP Santa Inez, Shell hits 6, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
AG Spica
xAK Minnesotan
xAK Ohioan
TK Esso Durban
TK Gulfking
xAK Cynthia Olson
xAK Idaho
xAK Liberty
xAK Examiner
TK H. M. Storey
TK L. P. St. Clair, Shell hits 5, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk
TK William H. Berg
AMC Prince Henry
AMC Prince Robert, Shell hits 1, on fire
KV Wetaskiwin, Shell hits 6, and is sunk
KV Dawson, Shell hits 6, and is sunk

Allied ground losses:
59 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 12 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 4 (0 destroyed, 4 disabled)

Low visibility due to Thunderstorms
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 21,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range closes to 15,000 yards...
Range closes to 13,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 6,000 yards
Japanese launch Long Lance torpedoes at 6,000 yards before allies detect Japanese presence
CA Chikuma engages KV Dawson at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
AMC Prince Henry collides with TK L. P. St. Clair at 206 , 91
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AVP Pelican at 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages TK L. P. St. Clair at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages TK L. P. St. Clair at 7,000 yards
KV Dawson sunk by CA Chikuma at 7,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages xAP Santa Inez at 7,000 yards
Range closes to 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages xAP Santa Inez at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 5,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AVP Pelican at 5,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages xAP Santa Inez at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages TK L. P. St. Clair at 4,000 yards
Range increases to 5,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages TK William H. Berg at 5,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages KV Wetaskiwin at 5,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 4,000 yards
xAP Santa Inez sunk by CA Chikuma at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
KV Wetaskiwin sunk by CA Chikuma at 3,000 yards
Range closes to 2,000 yards
Range increases to 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 6,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages TK William H. Berg at 6,000 yards
Range increases to 10,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 10,000 yards
Range increases to 15,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 15,000 yards
Task forces break off...
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Day Time Surface Combat, near San Francisco at 205,91, Range 6,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma

Allied Ships
AVD Williamson
AP Wharton
AP Harris
AP U.S. Grant
AP William Ward Burrows
xAP President Fillmore
xAP President Taylor
AG Spica
xAK Minnesotan
xAK Ohioan
TK Esso Durban
TK Gulfking
xAK Cynthia Olson
xAK Idaho
xAK Liberty
xAK Examiner
TK H. M. Storey
TK William H. Berg
AMC Prince Robert, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage

Reduced visibility due to Thunderstorms
Maximum visibility in Thunderstorms: 6,000 yards
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 14,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
Range closes to 11,000 yards...
Range closes to 10,000 yards...
Range closes to 9,000 yards...
Range closes to 8,000 yards...
Range closes to 7,000 yards...
Range closes to 6,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 6,000 yards
Japanese open fire on surprised Allied ships at 6,000 yards
Range closes to 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 3,000 yards
Range increases to 4,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 4,000 yards
Range closes to 3,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 3,000 yards
Komura, Keizo* orders Japanese TF to disengage
Range closes to 2,000 yards
Range increases to 7,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 7,000 yards
Range increases to 12,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 12,000 yards
Range increases to 17,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages AMC Prince Robert at 17,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/27/2009 10:49:02 PM   
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I'm aware of this and the nearby bases requirement has been lowered well below the actual supply level, leaving ample amounts of supplies available for transfer to the neighbouring starving base - just doesn't happen....

quote:

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quote:

ORIGINAL: PzB

I'm having problems with getting supplies to my bases; The neighbouring base has ample supplies but the next door base connected with road and rail has been idling red without supplies for many days. Does anyone know why this is so?



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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/27/2009 11:27:27 PM   
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Well the AMC played its valiant part, kuddos to the courageous crew!

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 12:08:04 AM   
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Is there any chance that the Allied troops in Malaya / Singapore can attack and defeat a Japanese force of 10000+ men landed at Mersing?

Seems like Andy is sending in quite a lot of troops and we have 2 choices:
1. Go ashore and challenge the Allies - thus reducing them from the air and sea making it easier to capture Singapore.

2. Turn around and go back to Khota Baru.

We're currently unloading the 4th, 21st and 33rd Division at Bangkok and these units can rail south in a day or two. The challenge is to occupy the rail line south, and moving by land will take weeks - so our main formations are stuck behind the front.

Need to take a decision before going to bed so, advice sorely needed

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 12:49:03 AM   
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Mershing has an Aussie Bde there and if Andy was smart, another Bde has been added. Unless you have suppressed Singapore, his TBs (Swordfish and Vildebeest) will get a shot or two in. I would have 2 subs using this base as one point in my Patrol Zone. Is it worth the risk of a CA or larger getting 2 torpedoes put in her if you send in a SC TF??

Dutch medium bombers - He has three bases that are within range (9) - Singkawang, Medan, and Palembang that have AF 2.

B-17s - They can reach from Batavia.

Just some possible counter moves to take into account.  

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 1:40:42 AM   
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Good points ny59giants!
- I think we have culled the enemy's sting by now.
The slow TBD's have been shot down - Andy cunningly moved them to Johore and launched them from there instead of from Singapore.

I may risk to get some units stuck a Mersing for a while, but I'll make an experiment and see whether this approach is worthwhile or not. We will never get a more favorable position to attempt such an incursion. If successful we may speed up the fall of Singapore, if not the main army will continue its slow march down the peninsula.


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 22, 41

Sea

Today we invaded Davao with little resistance.
The Tarakan and Menando invasions continued and the Mersing debacle continued despite the not so good feeling.

First our bombardment force met a Dutch minelayer of Mersing and blew it out of the water;

Day Time Surface Combat, near Mersing at 51,82, Range 23,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
BB Kongo
BB Haruna
CA Atago
DD Asashio
DD Akatsuki
DD Hibiki
DD Sagiri

Allied Ships
CM Willem v d Zaan, Shell hits 13, Torpedo hits 1, and is sunk

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We tried another midget sub attack at Noumea today since we have numerous reports of activities there. All 4 midgets failed to penetrate the harbour though...

ASW attack near Noumea at 115,160

Japanese Ships
SS I-22

Allied Ships
DMS Hopkins
TK Erling Brovig
TK Gulfpride
DMS Elliot
DMS Long

SS I-22 launches 6 torpedoes at DMS Hopkins
I-22 bottoming out ....
DMS Elliot fails to find sub and abandons search
DMS Long fails to find sub, continues to search...
Escort abandons search for sub

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Air

In the air we bombarded San Fernando and Mersing heavily.
- The hope was to hit Mersing so hard that we could take it by a coup de main before reinforcements arrived. Of course I didn't know that the Oz Bde was there (I'm a good boy and don't study the Allied side of the fence;-)

Also trying to keep Singapore and Manila suppressed and prevent the moles from digging to many tunnels.

Morning Air attack on Manila , at 79,77

Weather in hex: Overcast

Raid detected at 40 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 13 minutes

Japanese aircraft
Ki-21-Ic Sally x 34

Japanese aircraft losses
Ki-21-Ic Sally: 15 damaged

Allied Ships
MTB 8, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
MTB 10, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
MTB 7, Bomb hits 1, and is sunk
SS S-39, Bomb hits 1, heavy damage

Allied ground losses:
4 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Airbase hits 1
Runway hits 1
Port supply hits 1

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The Dutch level bombers ain't to dangerous....

Morning Air attack on TF, near Mersing at 51,82

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 32 NM, estimated altitude 19,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 2

Allied aircraft
139WH-3 x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
139WH-3: 2 destroyed, 2 damaged

Japanese Ships
BB Haruna
SC Ch 9

Aircraft Attacking:
4 x 139WH-3 bombing from 15000 feet *
Naval Attack: 2 x 300 kg SAP Bomb

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The slow TBD's is another matter, but we did manage to wipe most of em out today!

Morning Air attack on TF, near Mersing at 51,82

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 11,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 2

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 8

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 1 destroyed, 7 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAK Hokko Maru, Torpedo hits 1
xAK Kiyozumi Maru

Japanese ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Aircraft Attacking:
6 x Vildebeest III launching torpedoes at 200 feet
Naval Attack: 1 x 18in Mk XII Torpedo

CAP engaged:
Yamada Det S-1 with A6M2 Zero (0 airborne, 0 on standby, 0 scrambling)
0 plane(s) not yet engaged, 2 being recalled, 0 out of immediate contact.
Group patrol altitude is 15000
Time for all group planes to reach interception is 3 minutes

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Mersing at 51,82

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 10,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 18 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4
Ki-43-Ib Oscar x 2

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 3

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 2 destroyed

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Ground

The attack at San Fernando was a success! After softening the defenders with heavy air attacks we managed to push them out with heavy losses.


Ground combat at San Fernando (80,74)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 11347 troops, 120 guns, 299 vehicles, Assault Value = 464
Defending force 12075 troops, 253 guns, 335 vehicles, Assault Value = 506
Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 215

Allied adjusted defense: 81

Japanese assault odds: 2 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE San Fernando !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
530 casualties reported
Squads: 2 destroyed, 24 disabled
Non Combat: 1 destroyed, 39 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Vehicles lost 25 (2 destroyed, 23 disabled)

Allied ground losses:
4810 casualties reported
Squads: 130 destroyed, 34 disabled
Non Combat: 352 destroyed, 15 disabled
Engineers: 85 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 116 (116 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 317 (317 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 8

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
48th Recon Regiment
47th Infantry Regiment
48th Engineer Regiment
4th Tank Regiment
2nd Tank Regiment
1st Formosa Inf. Regiment
7th Tank Regiment
48th Field Artillery Regiment
1st Medium Field Artillery Regiment

Defending units:
11th PA Infantry Division
194th Tank Battalion
31st PA Infantry Division
4th Marine Regiment
192nd Tank Battalion
26th PS Cavalry Regiment
14th PS Engineer Regiment
88th PS Field Artillery Regiment

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We also captured Tarakan!

Ground combat at Tarakan (67,91)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 4670 troops, 21 guns, 41 vehicles, Assault Value = 170
Defending force 1728 troops, 46 guns, 7 vehicles, Assault Value = 45

Japanese engineers reduce fortifications to 0
Japanese adjusted assault: 88
Allied adjusted defense: 16

Japanese assault odds: 5 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Tarakan !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
No Allied losses

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), preparation(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
52 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 4 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
2245 casualties reported
Squads: 94 destroyed, 25 disabled
Non Combat: 86 destroyed, 54 disabled
Engineers: 10 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 65 (62 destroyed, 3 disabled)
Vehicles lost 12 (12 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1
Units destroyed 3

Assaulting units:
II./4th Infantry Battalion
2nd Engineer Regiment
I./4th Infantry Battalion
2nd Recon Regiment

Defending units:
VII KNIL Battalion
Tarakan Coastal Gun Battalion
Tarakan Base Force
108th RN Base Force /1

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Manado is still a pain, but we're getting there...landed some reinforcements today.

Ground combat at Manado (75,99)

Japanese Deliberate attack

Attacking force 3331 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 128
Defending force 1451 troops, 2 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 49

Japanese adjusted assault: 37
Allied adjusted defense: 33

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese Assault reduces fortifications to 0

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
135 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 8 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 9 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
100 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 7 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 11 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
15th Naval Guard Unit
16th Naval Guard Unit
8th JNAF Coy

Defending units:
Manado Garrison Battalion
Manado Base Force

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Andy does have a few more units at Mersing than I hoped!
An Indian Bde and a Cav Reg plus a few support units.

No hope to take them by surprise and our airborne insurgents failed in their rather optimistic coup de main.

Ground combat at Mersing (51,82)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 2550 troops, 44 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 203
Defending force 3731 troops, 29 guns, 8 vehicles, Assault Value = 118

Japanese ground losses:
11 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
22nd Australian Brigade
3rd Cavalry Regiment
12th Indian Brigade
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment

Defending units:
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1
91st Nav Gd /1
15th Ind. Engr Rgt /2
4th Ind. Engr Rgt /6
84th JAAF AF Bn /1
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Ground combat at Mersing (51,82)

Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 356 troops, 4 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 118
Defending force 5761 troops, 110 guns, 91 vehicles, Assault Value = 203

Japanese adjusted assault: 4
Allied adjusted defense: 67

Japanese assault odds: 1 to 16 (fort level 1)

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), op mode(-), preparation(-), fatigue(-)
experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+)

Japanese ground losses:
197 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 20 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
13 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Assaulting units:
91st Nav Gd /1
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1
15th Ind. Engr Rgt /2
4th Ind. Engr Rgt /6
84th JAAF AF Bn /1

Defending units:
22nd Australian Brigade
3rd Cavalry Regiment
12th Indian Brigade
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 1:48:51 AM   
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Bad news;

The Chikuma headed west after its convoy battle - I considered putting on full speed but that would seriously restrict our ability to reach back to port. In hindsight we should have taken our chances.

Andy sent the Saratoga towards the Chikuma...and of course they ended up in the same hex and exchanged fire!!!!

8" splashes covered the Saratoga before the Chikuma disengaged, heading for a rain squall.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Lahaina at 199,89, Range 18,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma

Allied Ships
CV Saratoga
DD Cushing
DD Dent
DD Crosby
DD Kennison
DD Crane
DD Kilty

Poor visibility due to Rain
Maximum visibility in Rain: 15,000 yards
Range increases to 25,000 yards...
Range closes to 24,000 yards...
Range closes to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 17,000 yards...
Range increases to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range increases to 19,000 yards...
Range increases to 20,000 yards...
Range closes to 19,000 yards...
Range closes to 18,000 yards...
Range closes to 16,000 yards...
Range closes to 12,000 yards...
CONTACT: Japanese lookouts spot Allied task force at 12,000 yards
CONTACT: Allied lookouts spot Japanese task force at 12,000 yards
Both TF attempt to withdraw!
Range increases to 18,000 yards...
CA Chikuma engages DD Dent at 18,000 yards
Range increases to 23,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages CV Saratoga at 23,000 yards
Range increases to 28,000 yards
CA Chikuma engages CV Saratoga at 28,000 yards
Task forces break off...

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Weather cleared and a small strike of 11 SBD's attacked the Chikuma.
The pilots must be marksmen of the first degree, cause 6 of 11 bombs hit her...

Morning Air attack on TF, near Lahaina at 197,87

Weather in hex: Clear sky

Raid spotted at 36 NM, estimated altitude 13,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 14 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 13
SBD-3 Dauntless x 11

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma, Bomb hits 6, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
5 x SBD-3 Dauntless diving from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
6 x SBD-3 Dauntless diving from 3000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Chikuma

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In the afternoon the SBD's were back up again despite the foul weather (Severe storms).
Another 2 bombs sealed her fate and she sank...RIP. The first major japanese casualty of the war.

It was a bold sortie and we ran out of luck!

Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Lahaina at 197,87

Weather in hex: Severe storms

Raid spotted at 31 NM, estimated altitude 15,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 12 minutes

Allied aircraft
F4F-3 Wildcat x 13
SBD-3 Dauntless x 11

Allied aircraft losses
SBD-3 Dauntless: 1 damaged

Japanese Ships
CA Chikuma, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x SBD-3 Dauntless diving from 2000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb
4 x SBD-3 Dauntless diving from 6000'
Naval Attack: 1 x 1000 lb SAP Bomb

Heavy smoke from fires obscuring CA Chikuma

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 1:53:14 AM   
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Still not enough drama for you in the opening moves Fish?

Our first ace:

Pilo PO2 Ikura A.(Yamada Det S-1)
Pilot becomes Ace 5 kills; stationed at Kota Bharu

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 2:00:08 AM   
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Have you started any AE games yourself Fish?



I did indeed. Won a PBEM in the Solomons for the Glory of the Empire

But re-match is announced pretty soon...

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 3:22:54 PM   
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Good to hear, you done with China and studies by now?

And this turn....drama, lots of drama!


AFTER ACTION REPORTS FOR Dec 23, 41

Sea

Some activity of Mersing as we unload our 2 combat regiments:
Our subs also continue to harass the enemy!

Submarine attack near Noumea at 114,160

Japanese Ships
SS I-22

Allied Ships
xAKL Atlantic, Torpedo hits 2, heavy damage

xAKL Atlantic is sighted by SS I-22
SS I-22 launches 6 torpedoes at xAKL Atlantic

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We shook this sub up pretty badly! Many direct hits.

ASW attack near Mersing at 51,82

Japanese Ships
DD Shikinami

Allied Ships
SS O19, hits 14

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Some payback for the Chikuma - we send the Prince Henry to the bottom!


Submarine attack near San Francisco at 208,90

Japanese Ships
SS I-26

Allied Ships
AMC Prince Henry, Torpedo hits 4, heavy damage

AMC Prince Henry is sighted by SS I-26
SS I-26 launches 6 torpedoes

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Our commerse raider then caught up with an unescorted enemy convoy!!
Think the 2 troop transports will sink.

Day Time Surface Combat, near Jarvis Island at 167,145, Range 17,000 Yards

Japanese Ships
AMC Aikoku Maru, Shell hits 3, on fire

Allied Ships
xAP Chaumont, Shell hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage
xAK Admiral Halstead, Shell hits 2, on fire
xAP Bloemfontein, Shell hits 10, heavy fires, heavy damage

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Air

Lots of bombing attacks on Luzon and Malaya as usual, we skip to the action:
TBDs with bombs land a few hits;

Morning Air attack on TF, near Kuantan at 52,80

Weather in hex: Partial cloud
Raid spotted at 37 NM, estimated altitude 4,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 24 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 4

Allied aircraft
Vildebeest III x 7

No Japanese losses

Allied aircraft losses
Vildebeest III: 4 damaged

Japanese Ships
xAP Huso Maru, Bomb hits 2, heavy fires, heavy damage

Aircraft Attacking:
7 x Vildebeest III bombing from 1000 feet
Naval Attack: 2 x 500 lb GP Bomb

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And tata, out of the blue a strike unit from Japanese carriers approach the unprotected transports at Noumea and blast them! 3 loaded tankers, 3 DMS and a cargo ship is a nice prize!

Morning Air attack on TF, near Noumea at 115,160

Weather in hex: Heavy cloud

Raid spotted at 28 NM, estimated altitude 17,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 11 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 32
B5N2 Kate x 35

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 2 damaged

Allied Ships
TK Gulfpride, Bomb hits 5, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS Long, Bomb hits 3, heavy fires, heavy damage
DMS Elliot, Bomb hits 6, and is sunk
DMS Dorsey, Bomb hits 1, heavy fires
AO Bishopdale, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires

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Afternoon Air attack on TF, near Noumea at 115,160

Weather in hex: Light cloud
Raid spotted at 25 NM, estimated altitude 20,000 feet.
Estimated time to target is 10 minutes

Japanese aircraft
A6M2 Zero x 32
B5N2 Kate x 36

Japanese aircraft losses
B5N2 Kate: 4 damaged

Allied Ships
xAKL Kohala, Bomb hits 7, and is sunk
DMS Dorsey, on fire
xAKL Hamakua, Bomb hits 4, heavy fires, heavy damage
TK Erling Brovig, Bomb hits 7, heavy fires, heavy damage

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Ground

We advance north from Legaspi and north towards Manila

Ground combat at Lucena (79,79)
Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 1025 troops, 3 guns, 42 vehicles, Assault Value = 38

Defending force 0 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 0

Japanese adjusted assault: 22
Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 22 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Lucena !!!

Combat modifiers
Attacker: op mode(-), leaders(+)

Assaulting units:
16th Recon Regiment

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Davao is liberated...

Ground combat at Davao (79,91)

Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 5184 troops, 35 guns, 25 vehicles, Assault Value = 176
Defending force 336 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 18

Japanese adjusted assault: 139
Allied adjusted defense: 1
Japanese assault odds: 139 to 1 (fort level 0)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Davao !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(-), disruption(-), preparation(-)
morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker:

Japanese ground losses:
5 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
210 casualties reported
Squads: 7 destroyed, 11 disabled
Non Combat: 6 destroyed, 6 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
146th Infantry Regiment
1st Ind. Engineer Regiment

Defending units:
1st /101st PA Battalion

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Georgetown is liberated and the defenders surrender!

Ground combat at Georgetown (49,74)

Japanese Deliberate attack
Attacking force 675 troops, 0 guns, 102 vehicles, Assault Value = 58
Defending force 376 troops, 9 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 2

Japanese adjusted assault: 27
Allied adjusted defense: 4

Japanese assault odds: 6 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Georgetown !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: fatigue(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: leaders(+), leaders(-)

Allied ground losses:
729 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 90 destroyed, 1 disabled
Engineers: 8 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 11 (11 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units destroyed 2

Assaulting units:
6th Tank Regiment

Defending units:
Penang Fortress
3rd SSVF Battalion

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We finally capture Manado!

Ground combat at Manado (75,99)

Japanese Shock attack
Attacking force 3248 troops, 24 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 122
Defending force 1301 troops, 2 guns, 3 vehicles, Assault Value = 37

Japanese adjusted assault: 41
Allied adjusted defense: 1

Japanese assault odds: 41 to 1 (fort level 0)
Japanese forces CAPTURE Manado !!!

Allied aircraft
no flights

Allied aircraft losses
No Allied losses

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), disruption(-), morale(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), disruption(-)

Japanese ground losses:
24 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 3 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled

Allied ground losses:
1057 casualties reported
Squads: 44 destroyed, 22 disabled
Non Combat: 59 destroyed, 37 disabled
Engineers: 6 destroyed, 0 disabled
Guns lost 2 (2 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Vehicles lost 3 (3 destroyed, 0 disabled)
Units retreated 1
Units destroyed 1

Assaulting units:
15th Naval Guard Unit
16th Naval Guard Unit
8th JNAF Coy

Defending units:
Manado Garrison Battalion
Manado Base Force

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This is the battle rooster for Mersing:

Ground combat at Mersing (51,82)

Allied Bombardment attack

Attacking force 5021 troops, 62 guns, 1 vehicles, Assault Value = 229
Defending force 10840 troops, 72 guns, 15 vehicles, Assault Value = 320

Japanese ground losses:
20 casualties reported
Squads: 0 destroyed, 2 disabled
Non Combat: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 1 disabled

Assaulting units:
5/14th Punjab Battalion
22nd Australian Brigade
3rd Cavalry Regiment
12th Indian Brigade
2nd HK&S Heavy AA Regiment
22nd Indian Mountain Gun Regiment
1st HK&S Heavy AA Regiment

Defending units:
55th Infantry Rgt /1
Yokosuka 1st SNLF /1
41st Infantry Rgt /1
91st Naval Guard Unit
15th Ind. Engineer Regiment
4th Ind. Engr Rgt /6
84th JAAF AF Bn

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A para unit kicks out the troop of cooks and opens up the road south!

Ground combat at Taiping (49,75)
Japanese Shock attack

Attacking force 262 troops, 2 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 22
Defending force 306 troops, 0 guns, 0 vehicles, Assault Value = 11

Japanese adjusted assault: 19

Allied adjusted defense: 1
Japanese assault odds: 19 to 1 (fort level 1)

Japanese forces CAPTURE Taiping !!!

Combat modifiers
Defender: terrain(+), leaders(+), disruption(-), preparation(-)
fatigue(-), experience(-)
Attacker: shock(+), leaders(+), leaders(-)

Allied ground losses:
126 casualties reported
Squads: 9 destroyed, 0 disabled
Non Combat: 7 destroyed, 0 disabled
Engineers: 0 destroyed, 0 disabled
Units retreated 1

Defeated Allied Units Retreating!

Assaulting units:
Yokosuka 3rd SNLF /1

Defending units:
1st Mysore Battalion

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"The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without"
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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 3:31:12 PM   
PzB


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It's interesting to see that Noumea is completely undefended - just a small garrison unit.
I'm tempted to keep some carriers in the area, this will keep Andy on edge and prevent him from bringing in reinforcements. If we also can raid the sealanes from the US to Australia we can prevent an enemy buildup and sink some valuable cargo ships. If the enemy carriers come out to play this is a bonus.

As long as we have carriers in the area it is completely safe to capture Rabaul, Kavieng, Shortlands and maybe also Port Moresby. A tempting thought: An early invasion of Noumea - keep the KB around together with subs and bring in supplies and LBA.

What do you think, to ambitious or doable?
- The DEI / Malaya / Phillipine operations will trudge along on their own anyway.

The Mini KB with some reinforcements will support these operations and should be able to handle at least 2 enemy carriers.

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RE: BACK IN BUSINESS - PzB goes East again(st) Andy Mac - 12/28/2009 3:36:23 PM   
PzB


Posts: 5071
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From: No(r)way
Status: online
A warning:

It seems like I have misunderstood how the supply requirement (+) functionality works.
I thought I could safely set supply requirements for most bases between 1 and 20000.

However this approach seems to be causing havoc; I suddenly had a lot of starving bases with 1 supply and even though a base had 50k+ of supplies it refused to send any surplus to its starving neighbour base.

I have now turned of most of the supply requirements and hope to see an improvement soon.

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